What does tally mean?

Definitions for tally
ˈtæl ital·ly

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word tally.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. run, tallynoun

    a score in baseball made by a runner touching all four bases safely

    "the Yankees scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th"; "their first tally came in the 3rd inning"

  2. reckoning, tallynoun

    a bill for an amount due

  3. count, counting, numeration, enumeration, reckoning, tallyverb

    the act of counting; reciting numbers in ascending order

    "the counting continued for several hours"

  4. match, fit, correspond, check, jibe, gibe, tally, agreeverb

    be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics

    "The two stories don't agree in many details"; "The handwriting checks with the signature on the check"; "The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun"

  5. score, hit, tally, rack upverb

    gain points in a game

    "The home team scored many times"; "He hit a home run"; "He hit .300 in the past season"

  6. tally, chalk upverb

    keep score, as in games

  7. total, tot, tot up, sum, sum up, summate, tote up, add, add together, tally, add upverb

    determine the sum of

    "Add all the people in this town to those of the neighboring town"


  1. tallynoun

    Originally, a piece of wood on which notches or scores were cut, as the marks of number;

  2. tallynoun

    Later, one of two books, sheets of paper, etc., on which corresponding accounts were kept.

  3. tally

    Hence, any account or score kept by notches or marks, whether on wood or paper, or in a book, especially one kept in duplicate.

  4. tally

    One thing made to suit another; a match; a mate.

  5. tally

    A notch, mark, or score made on or in a tally; as, to make or earn a score or tally in a game.

  6. tally

    A tally shop.

  7. tallyverb

    To count something

  8. tallyverb

    To record something by making marks

  9. tally

    To make things correspond or agree with each other

  10. tally

    To keep score

  11. tally

    To correspond or agree

  12. tallyadjective

    Used as a mild intensifier: very (almost exclusively used by the upper classes).

    Up and over to victory! Tally ho!

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tallynoun

    originally, a piece of wood on which notches or scores were cut, as the marks of number; later, one of two books, sheets of paper, etc., on which corresponding accounts were kept

  2. Tallynoun

    hence, any account or score kept by notches or marks, whether on wood or paper, or in a book; especially, one kept in duplicate

  3. Tallynoun

    one thing made to suit another; a match; a mate

  4. Tallynoun

    a notch, mark, or score made on or in a tally; as, to make or earn a tally in a game

  5. Tallynoun

    a tally shop. See Tally shop, below

  6. Tallynoun

    to score with correspondent notches; hence, to make to correspond; to cause to fit or suit

  7. Tallynoun

    to check off, as parcels of freight going inboard or outboard

  8. Tallyverb

    to be fitted; to suit; to correspond; to match

  9. Tallyverb

    to make a tally; to score; as, to tally in a game

  10. Tallyadjective

    stoutly; with spirit


  1. Tally

    A tally is an unofficial private observation of an election count carried out under Proportional Representation using the Single Transferable Vote. Tallymen, predominantly a feature of the Irish electoral process, are appointed by political candidates and parties. They observe the opening of ballot boxes and watch as the individual ballot papers are counted. Individual tallymen may be placed to observe the opening of each box and watch as separate bundles of ballot papers are sorted, stacked and counted. They record their estimation of counts by marking votes for each candidate on their 'tally sheet' as a tick which are then assembled together to produce a full prediction of what the likely outcome of the result will be. Many political parties, having been rival during elections, co-operate in producing a tally. Tally results are then released to the media before a formal account may even have begun, allowing predictions as to how some, or in most cases all, the seats in multi-member constituencies, may go hours in advance of the official count, by noting how many number 1s a candidate may get, who gets their number 2s, whether voters vote for one party or spread their first, second, third, fourth etc. preferences randomly, by party, by alphabet, by local area, or by some other criteria. In the Republic of Ireland, a national prediction of an election outcome may be made on RTÉ by lunchtime on count day, before a single seat has officially been filled.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tally

    tal′i, n. a stick cut or notched to match another stick, used to mark numbers or keep accounts by—(down to the beginning of the 19th century these were used in England for keeping accounts in Exchequer, answering the double purpose of receipts and public records): anything made to suit another:—pl. Tall′ies.—v.t. to score with corresponding notches: to make to fit.—v.i. to correspond: to suit:—pa.t. and pa.p. tall′ied.ns. Tall′ier, one who keeps a tally; Tall′yman, one who keeps a tally-shop: one who lives with a woman without marriage; Tall′yshop, a shop where goods are sold to be paid by instalments, the seller having one account-book which tallies with the buyer's; Tall′y-sys′tem, -trade, a mode of dealing by which dealers furnish certain articles on credit to their customers upon an agreement for the payment of the stipulated price by certain weekly or monthly instalments.—Live tally, to cohabit without marriage. [Fr. taille (It. taglia)—L. talea, a cutting. Cf. Tail (law).]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Tally

    a notched stick used in commercial and Exchequer transactions when writing was yet a rare accomplishment; the marks, of varying breadth, indicated sums paid by a purchaser; the stick was split longitudinally, and one-half retained by the seller and one by the buyer as a receipt. As a means of receipt for sums paid into the Exchequer, the tally was in common use until 1782, and was not entirely abolished till 1812. Tally System, a mode of credit-dealing by which a merchant provides a customer with goods, and receives in return weekly or monthly payments to account.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tally in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tally in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of tally in a Sentence

  1. The English newspaper:

    Calls for Russian swimmers to be excluded from the Games will grow after the investigation revealed that Portugalov, the doctor recommended for a lifetime ban by WADA as a key player at the heart of Russia's doping scandal, actively encouraged the national swimming team to adopt a systematic doping policy, since 2009, when Portugalov first offered to 'assist' Russian swimming, 23 swimmers have been handed suspensions for doping and the tally for all aquatics sports exceeds 40 in the past decade.

  2. Phil Robertson:

    This is a tally sheet exercise, with the Thai side trying to figure how many cases and how many officials the U.S. government wants prosecuted in order to give an upgrade, thailand's efforts this year have been a lot of talk, shuffling of assignments at government inter-agency committees, but little substantive action to effectively end trafficking.

  3. Gabriel Sterling:

    It would have been discovered and corrected even without the monitor there to have pointed it out, we have quality control measures that our audit consultants go through on each one of these tally sheets to make sure you didn't transpose a number, you didn't add a zero, you didn't miss a batch.

  4. Will Trump:

    The incoming administration will take office just as the latest ObamaCare enrollment tally comes in, delivering a potentially crucial verdict about the still-shaky healthcare marketplaces …. The Obama administration has struggled for several years to bring young, healthy people into the marketplaces, which is needed to offset the medical costs of older and sicker customers. These problems are coming to light this year, as insurers get their first full look at ObamaCare customer data. Some, like UnitedHealth Group, say they’ve seen enough, and are already vowing to leave the exchanges …. experts warn that if the numbers don’t improve this year, more insurers could bolt. That would deal a major blow to marketplace competition, while also driving up rates and keeping even more people out of the exchanges.

  5. Rory McIlroy:

    It's awfully impressive, it's nice to get your major tally up and running at an early stage in your career. It's great to see, great for the game, and I'm sure there will be many more.

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  • übereinstimmen, den Spielstand beihalten, aufeinander abstimmen, markieren, abhaken, Kerbstock, korrespondieren, einstimmen, einspielen, zählen, Zähler, Anzahl, KerbholzGerman
  • cuenta, marca, contarSpanish
  • vastinkappale, pitää lukua, viiva, pykälä, laskea, pari, tukkimiehen kirjanpito, pulkka, merkata, sovittaa yhteen, tilastomerkintä, pirkka, vastataFinnish
  • marque, somme, compteFrench
  • scórIrish
  • गणनाHindi
  • conteggiareItalian
  • счётRussian
  • räkna, stämma överensSwedish
  • ల సంఖ్యTelugu
  • sayım, seri işâreti, bağdaşmaTurkish
  • 理貨Chinese

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